Student Stories

Dropsy Kikabou

Improving processes in developing countries is one of the things on Dropsy Kikabou’s idea-packed mind. The fourth-year student from the Republic of Congo came to Vancouver in 2009 to take a short course in English (ESL program) and discovered SFU’s mechatronic systems engineering program. Six years later, Kikabou is nearing graduation and ready to put his skills into action.

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Jessica Peare

Jessica Peare wants to take her passion for aerospace engineering to new heights, whether she's sitting in the cockpit or controlling an unmanned vehicle from below. The mechatronic systems engineering student, who earned her pilot’s license at age 18, is a member of SFU’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team: Team GUARDIAN.

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Rame Putris

Fourth-year mechatronic systems engineering student Rame Putris is a member of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU (Tech e@SFU) initiative. The program, launched in 2012 in partnership with BCIC, Ken Spencer, the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Beedie School of Business, brings together the best and brightest students to develop entrepreneurially promising and scientifically sound ideas.

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Leonie and Kyle Tharratt

It started with a goldfish. Husband and wife graduands Kyle and Leonie Tharratt, who met at SFU and married in 2013, received the unwanted pet from a family friend. Four years later, they are keen aquarists with 13 fish (and a colony of shrimp)—a passion that inspired their mechatronic systems engineering final-year capstone project.

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Gursher Sidhu

SFU mechatronics systems engineering student Gursher Sidhu was named to the 2015 cohort of The Next 36, a national initiative aimed at transforming Canada’s most promising post-secondary students into leading entrepreneurs. In this Q & A, he shares his experience on the program so far.

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Raaj Chatterjee

First-year mechatronic systems engineering student Raaj Chatterjee, a Burnaby volunteer with over 700 hours given to community clubs, received a 2014 Schulich Leader Scholarship. Chaterjee developed his interest in the environment and sustainability in high school, where he began a school composting project, and later organized a conference at Science World to link high school students on environmental issues.

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Thomas Krammer

Working on local farms during high school, every hay bale he stacked brought first-year SFU student Thomas Krammer a step closer to his dream: studying engineering at university. “I’m not in a position where my parents can pay for school, so it was coming out of my own wallet,” says the quietly ambitious Langley-based student, who had been working since Grade 8 to save money for his college fund.

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Ane Tendo

Ane Tendo (B.Sc. in Mechatronic Systems Engineering, '15) grew up in Cameroon, where from a young age he was known as the “computer guy,” tinkering with household appliances and lending a hand to hook up TVs. After completing a physics degree in his home country, Tendo moved to Canada and, following a stint as a pharmacy assistant, enrolled in SFU’s mechatronic systems engineering program. 

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Co-op Stories  

 

Austin Tsai

The three places I’ve had the pleasure to work at for my co-op placements: Surrey Fluid Power, FortisBC and Mainroad Contracting LP. Each co-op placement allowed me to develop unique skills to each role, tying the multi-disciplinary philosophy of the SFU Mechatronics Systems Engineering program together.

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Ginelle Nazareth

Growing up in India, Mechatronic Systems Engineering student Ginelle Nazareth would watch her engineer father fix things in their house and aspired to follow in his footsteps. “His approach was always very methodical,” she says. “To an outsider it seems amazing; almost magical, but then you realize it’s just simple, logical steps.”

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Sheldan Manansala

If your career aspirations align with your childhood hero’s, you’re probably on track for a fulfilling career. Spellbound by the high-tech suit worn by armoured superhero Iron Man, mechatronic systems engineering graduand Sheldan Manansala had starry ambitions to create a similar exoskeleton device.

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